Washington, F&M to meet in play-in matches
LANCASTER, PA. — Washington and Franklin & Marshall will face off this week in the opening round of the Centennial Conference tennis tournaments for men and women. There should be no surprises as the teams ended their regular season here last Saturday.
Washington’s women (12-5 overall, 7-3 CC) defeated F&M, 8-1, to gain the fourth seed and home court for yesterday’s play-in match, while the Shoremen (7-9, 5-4 CC) will travel after absorbing a 9-0 loss to the Diplomats in the regular-season finale.
Top-seeded Johns Hopkins awaits the winners of the play-in matches and will host the semifinal and final rounds. The Blue Jays — both men and women — are heavily favored in the poll of conference coaches to capture their 12th straight Centennial championships.
Johns Hopkins’ No. 23-ranked women are 11-8 overall, while JHU’s men, ranked 24th nationally, are 15-3 on the season.
Both programs finished the regular season unbeaten in conference play for the 12th straight year.
In last week’s regular-season match-up at F&M, Washington’s women took a 2-1 lead after doubles and coasted to an upset of the Dips, who came into the match with a higher ranking in the Atlantic South region.
The closest contest was at No. 5 singles, where Shore freshman Sarah Bruno rallied from a shutout in the first set to edge Alex Collins, 0-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Senior Julie Lazer (15-2) at No. 1 and senior Rachel Martinez (10-4) at No. 2 each put up a love set.
Washington won five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
Lazer and Martinez won doubles, 8-3, to improve to dual matches.
Washington’s other point came from the freshman duo of Ella Samer and Riley Katzman, who dropped only two games. They are 10-6 this spring.
F&M enters the tournament at 6-4 in the conference and 9-7 overall. at first 11-3 in
Swarthmore (10-7 overall) is the second seed with a 9-1 record in the Centennial and Haverford (12-3 overall) is the third seed at 8-2 in conference play.
In the men’s match, Washington won only one set. Senior Justin Panepinto took the first set from Will Samuels at five, 6-2, but won only one game in the second set. The point was determined by a 10-6 superbreaker after Panepinto and Samuels split sets.
F&M (9-8) finished ence matches.
No. 16-ranked Swarthmore (12-11, 8-1 CC) and Haverford (11-6, 7-2 CC) are seeded second and third, respectively, in the Centennial tournament. 6-3 in confer-